Feb. 12, 2013
MAC Preseason Coaches' Poll
With Kent State's George Roberts
By Phil Stanton
Roberts is a senior first baseman from Summerhill, Pa. He played
in 65 games with 64 starts, leading the team with a batting
average of .364. Roberts had 23 doubles, eight homers, 45 runs
and 66 RBI.
Roberts helped KSU go 47-20 overall, including
19-2 at home, and 24-3 in the Mid-American Conference. The
Golden Flashes won the Gary Regional after surviving a 21-inning
affair in the regional opener against Kentucky. KSU then downed
host Purdue and beat Kentucky for a second time to capture the
regional title. The Golden Flashes then took two of three at
Oregon to win the Eugene Super Regional and advance to the
College World Series for the first time in program history. KSU
fell to Arkansas in its first game in Omaha, bounced back to
defeat No. 1 national seed Florida before falling to South
Carolina to end the season.
What do you remember most from the 21-inning victory over
Kentucky to open the 2012 Gary Regional?
What I remember most about the 21-inning victory
was when a Kentucky hitter smoked a ball to dead center with a
runner on first. The ball went to the wall and the runner on
first (who was the winning run) came all the way around, we had
a perfect relay home and Jimmy Rider threw the ball to David
Lyon to save the game and possibly our season.
2. Describe the postseason ride by the Golden
Flashes, going all the way to Omaha.
The ride was amazing to say the least. I still
can’t believe how far we made it. It was the best time I have
had playing baseball and I’ll never forget that team. Going to a
powerhouse school like Oregon and playing in that atmosphere was
great. The city of Omaha and the people there were friendly and
made us feel like home. Playing at TD Ameritrade in front of
that crowd is something that we will never forget.
3. How important was it for the program to get
a win over Florida in the College World Series?
It was definitely very important for us to get a
win at the College World Series especially against the Number 1
team in the country. We had to prove to everybody that we
belonged in Omaha and that win really signified that. I feel
that win got our school on the map and showed that we can
compete against the best college baseball has to offer.
Were you surprised and/or disappointed not to be drafted last
I was disappointed about last years draft but I
feel that it motivated me even more for this year. I have put a
lot of hard work in the summer and this fall to better prepare
myself for this season. It’s my senior year and I plan to show
the scouts that I can play at the next level.
5. What is Kent State’s outlook for the 2013
We have many goals as a team but our biggest one
is to get back to Omaha and win a National Championship. We lost
some key players from last year but we have a bunch of guys that
are willing to step into those bigger roles this season. This
team is very close this year and everyone is ready to
contribute. Our pitching is very deep and talented and I feel
our defense and offense will be very good as well.
(photos courtesy of KSU Media